Lucy Li, 11, qualifies for U.S. Open
Lucy Li made history Monday as the 11-year-old became the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.
Li earned her way into the event by shooting rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay in a sectional qualifier in California on Monday.
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Lucy Li, at the astounding age of 11, became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Jane McManus and Melissa Isaacson debate whether that is just too young. Story
She beat second-place qualifier Kathleen Scavo by seven strokes.
"Lucy is very honored to have qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, and to have the opportunity to compete in this most prestigious national championship," the Li family said in a statement released by the USGA. "Her time spent playing in last year's USGA championships, as well as her win at Drive, Chip & Putt (at Augusta National before the Masters), have provided her with many good opportunities that she will consider as she prepares for the U.S. Women's Open."
"We are very grateful for the support Lucy has received, both from the golf community and the media. She is looking forward to playing at Pinehurst."
Lexi Thompson (12 years, 4 months, 18 days) previously held the record for youngest to qualify for the event, doing so in 2007.
The 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, California, already has a victory at Augusta under her belt, having won her age group in the first annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held in April ahead of the Masters.
Last year, Li qualified for the match-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship but lost in the first round.
Li, however, will not be the youngest player to participate in the U.S. Women's Open. Beverly Klass was just 10 when she competed in the event in 1967, prior to the qualification process.
The U.S. Women's Open will be played June 19-22 at Pinehurst.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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